Father Of Late Tesla Driver Blames Car For Incident

  • Father Of Late Tesla Driver Blames Car For Incident

Father Of Late Tesla Driver Blames Car For Incident

Jon Speckman, whose daughter Casey died in Indianapolis on November 3 after driving intoxicated and crashing her boss' Tesla Model S into a tree, is claiming that his daughter still would be alive if she was driving any vehicle other than a Telsa, The Indianapolis Star reports. However, Jon Speckman, her father, said in an exclusive interview with The Indianapolis Star that he has no doubt that her odds of surviving the downtown accident would have been much better in any other vehicle.

Even though it happened last November, the accident is coming back into the news as the police revealed that both Speckman and McCarthy were intoxicated at the time of the accident.

It was reported that 0.21 percent and 0.17 percent alcohol levels were found in the blood of Casey and Kevin, respectively, which are beyond the legal limit of 0.8 percent.

Tragic: Casey's boss Kevin McCarthy (left) was also killed in the explosion.

'Had she been in another vehicle she would have been alive for me to yell at her for driving after drinking, ' he said.

The police investigation after the crash revealed that another vehicle had been traveling the wrong way on a one way street just prior to the accident.

Alfred Finnell Jr. saw the crash while driving behind the Model S.

He was behind the vehicle when it sped past him, crashed and exploded - a sight that he called "the most horrifying thing I've ever seen".

"It passed me like a flash", Finnell told the Star in a telephone interview.

'I thought something had hit my truck, but it had missed my truck, ' Finnell said. Firefighters who responded to the scene said the vehicle was on fire and the lithium batteries went off "like projectiles".

But Speckman's father says there's more to the story. "While it can be hard to determine the precise speed of a vehicle in such a crash, the observed damage and debris field indicate a very high speed collision".

Tesla itself was the target of a National Highway Transportation Safety Agency investigation after a series of battery fires in 2013 Model S vehicles. Local media footage showed the Model S positioned between two trees and the sidewalk next to a parking garage, with eyewitnesses indicating the Model S was traveling at high speed moments before the crash.

The racing version will be stripped by 500 kg/1,100lbs to achieve acceleration times from 0-62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in about 2.1 seconds. The investigation is tricky for the detectives who are unfamiliar with the new and unique electric vehicle.

Mr. Speckman has now hired an attorney, but has not decided as yet on whether to pursue legal channels with Tesla over the incident.